Erdogan’s unequivocal stance on Kashmir rattles India
Monitoring Report
NEW DELHI: India on Saturday took exception to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s unequivocal support for the people of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) and told Turkey to “not interfere in India’s internal affairs.”
According to ANI news agency, Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar responded to President Erdogan’s statement by saying: “India rejects all references to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.”
The Turkish president had on Friday compared “the struggle of Kashmiri people” with that of the Turkish people’s struggle against foreign occupation during World War I.
While addressing a joint session of Parliament before ending his two-day trip to Pakistan on Friday, Erdogan said what had happened in Turkey a hundred years ago was being repeated in Indian occupied Kashmir today.
“Events that happened a hundred years ago in Çanakkale in Turkey are being repeated in Indian occupied Kashmir and Turkey will continue to raise its voice against the oppression.
“Today, the issue of Kashmir is as close to us as it is to you [Pakistanis],” he had said, reiterating Turkey’s support for Kashmiris.
“The Kashmir issue can be resolved not through conflict or oppression but on the basis of justice and fairness,” Erdogan said. “Such a solution will serve the interests of all parties concerned. Turkey will continue to stand by justice, peace and dialogue in the resolution of the Kashmir issue.”
Referring to Kashmir multiple times in his address Friday, Erdogan also said: “Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconveniences for decades and these sufferings have become graver due to unilateral steps taken in recent times.